Collection Item Summary:
NASA flew this take-up film magazine with the IMAX camera in the payload bay of the space shuttle on seven missions in the 1980s and 1990s to capture film footage for four IMAX productions. Perhaps the most notable use of the camera was to film the deployment of the Hubble Space Telescope during STS-31 in 1990, footage that later went on to use in the IMAX films Destiny in Space (1994) and Hubble 3D (2010).
Once mounted inside an insulated pressurized container in the payload bay, film and lenses could not be changed in the camera, and the shuttle itself needed to move to pan or tilt for filming as the camera was on a fixed base. This magazine contained exposed film. Connected to the film transport, film was pulled from the camera body and wound onto the film core inside this take-up magazine. The magazine held up to 1,158 m (3,800 ft) of 70mm film.
Gift of the IMAX Corporation in 2011.